Premier’s Climate Change Council
2020 SA Climate Leaders Awards

The Premier’s Climate Change Council invites entries for the 2020 SA Climate Leaders Awards. Nominate a project or initiative for a chance to win $10,000 as a contribution to a climate change‐related action.

The Council wants to showcase the innovative work taking place to address climate change and build South Australia’s reputation as a climate smart state. Applicants are encouraged to share projects and activities of all sizes.  For more information, see the 2020 SA Climate Leaders Awards Guidelines.

Entries can be submitted using the online entry form. Alternatively, download the entry form and email to

Deadline extended, entries now close 5pm (ACDT) Friday 22 January 2021.

Award categories and eligibility

The awards will recognise projects and activities that demonstrate leadership, innovation, collaboration, partnerships and significant achievements in specified climate change areas. The important thing is that your entry contributes to making South Australia a climate smart state by:

  • managing climate change risks or supporting adaptation
  • reducing net greenhouse gas emissions
  • educating or promoting awareness about climate change and climate smart solutions.

There are three categories for entrants to apply for:

  • Business and Industry
  • Community
  • Government.

Entries are invited from (but are not limited to):

  • individuals
  • community groups and organisations
  • schools, preschools, early childhood centres, tertiary institutes and universities
  • small, medium or large enterprises
  • companies and industry peak organisations
  • local councils
  • state government agencies
  • research organisations
  • community and not-for-profit organisations, clubs and associations
  • regional level networks, alliances and partnerships.

Entries should relate to a project or activity delivered or initiated since 2018 (inclusive). Previous award-winning projects or individuals will not be considered for another award in the same category unless the applicant can demonstrate significantly different and/or additional outcomes have been achieved through the project.

Please take a look at the 2020 SA Climate Leaders Awards Guidelines for further information about the entry criteria and eligibility.

Below are some ideas about the kinds of projects and activities that we would love to see entered in each category of the SA Climate Leaders Awards. This list of examples is by no means exhaustive!

Business and industry category

You could be:

  • a peak body that has worked across your sector to provide information and support climate change adaptation planning and action, measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or low carbon technologies
  • a company or individual that is changing the face of ‘business as usual’, taking a lead or demonstrating best practice approaches to climate change risk management, environmental sustainability, emissions reductions or other climate smart solutions
  • a business that has changed its production processes in response to climate change issues or opportunities, or to meet customer expectations in relation to climate action
  • a private sector organisation or individual that has engaged with and collaborated with the community to support or deliver on climate change action
  • a pioneering business or company that has developed leading technology, tools or expertise in South Australia to enable others to better adapt to the effects of climate change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or to support South Australia’s low carbon transition.

Community category

You could be:

  • an alliance or network of organisations that has implemented a project or activity to support an innovative or pioneering approach to regional-level adaptation, low carbon transition or building community awareness and capacity to act on climate change
  • a non-government organisation that has demonstrated leadership and innovation in its support for vulnerable members of the community to build resilience to climate change and put in place adaptive measures
  • a school or educator that has implemented a program to teach students about climate change and sustainability and inspire hands-on action to foster students’ connection with the natural environment
  • a champion in your local community or region who is spreading the word about the benefits and opportunities of climate change action and who is inspiring and mobilising others to act
  • a community action group or individual that has led and implemented a local community project, such as a community energy initiative, a biodiversity project, or urban greening initiative.

    Government category

    You could be:

    • a local council or representative of a local council that has delivered a project to enable action or build awareness in the community about climate change preparedness, energy use or energy efficiency, or the opportunities of climate change action
    • a government organisation that is working with one or more other sectors to build resilience to climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    • a state government department leading an initiative that encourages the community or business sectors to reduce their energy or water use, or consider more sustainable transport options
    • a government-appointed board or committee that has collaborated with sectors of the community to respond to climate change.

    SA Climate Leaders Awards 2016 and 2018

    The SA Climate Leaders Awards have been held every two years since the inaugural awards in 2016. The awards have attracted entries from a wide array of industries and sectors, including adaptation pioneers, the wine industry, the building sector, local government, community organisations and more.

    In 2018, Wattle Range Council were awarded as the overall winner and winner of the Government category for their innovative, best practice approach to the development of a coastal adaptation strategy for Southend.

    Port Lincoln business Regional Connections was named overall winner in 2016 for their work with farm advisers to engage with broadacre farmers about the effects of emissions from farming, and how they can incorporate carbon farming technologies into their operations. 

    Read more about the 2018 winners and finalists.

    For further information, see the frequently asked questions.

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